Established in 1952, the School of Political Studies of Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN) currently offers a Primary Master’s Degree program in Philosophy, and two Secondary Master’s Degree programs in Marxist Theory. In addition to one Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the school has four teaching and research sections, one research institute, one teaching practice center, and one reference room. Among the 47 faculty members, 14 are professors and 14 are associate professors; 25 hold doctorates; 3 are Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province, one is a reserve candidate for Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province, and 3 are recognized as Experts with Outstanding Contributions by Sichuan Province.
In the spirit of “upholding the banner, valuing unity and innovation, and pursuing excellence”, the school attaches great importance to running the school in a democratic manner and giving a full play to experts and academics in its operation. During the 12th Five-Year Plan Period, by taking the great opportunities afforded by the internal, featured, and scientific development of SWUN, the school has made remarkable strides in line with the strategic goal of “One Body and Two Wings” of the university. As a result, the school has won key bidding projects of the National Social Sciences Fund, and is recognized as a Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. Moreover, the school has made important breakthroughs so as to be able to offer Primary Master’s Degree programs and key programs recognized by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. These achievements demonstrate the position of the school as a leading research base for China’s minority philosophy.
The school gives priority to the development of research teams. Currently, the school has four teams specializing in the research on the localization of Marxism in China, the core values of socialism in minority areas, Tibetan philosophy, Confucianism, and the minority philosophy. Over the past five years, the school has won two key bidding projects, one key project, and 10 general projects of the National Social Sciences Fund, and undertaken approximately 30 projects at the provincial and ministerial levels. In addition, the school has published more than 40 independent or collaborative academic works, 9 textbooks, and over 300 papers in Philosophical Researches and other key journals. Accordingly, the school has won 16 awards at the provincial and ministerial levels, and 30 awards at the bureau level.